With Thy blessing let the house of Thy servant be blessed for ever.@2 Samuel 7:29
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Herbert S. Oakeley (1830–1903)

John Armstrong, 1847.

Abends Herbert S. Oakeley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Armstrong (1813–1856)

O Lord, Thy benediction give
On all who teach, on all who learn,
So that Thy church may holier live,
And every lamp more brightly burn.

Give those who teach pure hearts of love—
Hearts filled with faith and warmed by prayer—
And souls attuned to Thee above,
That they may guide Thy people there.

Give those that learn the willing ear,
The spirit meek, the guileless mind.
Such gifts will make the lowliest here
Far better than a kingdom find.

O bless the shepherd, bless the sheep,
That guide and guided both be one,
One in the faithful watch they keep,
One in the joy of work well done.